Almost two years ago Emma Pearce was involved in a serious car accident and to this day she’s still feeling the effects.
She made a full recovery from the accident itself, but, at the age of 27, during one of her check-ups, a neurologist diagnosed Emma with MS. Torquay resident and work colleague Paul Easterbrook was in the car accident with Emma and has since accompanied her on all of her medical appointments.
“I’ve seen the ups and downs of someone who has been recently diagnosed with a disease that has no cure,” Paul said.
“You feel hopeless as there is nothing you can actually do to help the condition.”
Although Emma’s latest scan found no active lesions, she will have to take medication for the rest of her life. She is back at work at Nagambie Skydive and as a thank you for all the assistance from the MS Society her workmates have organised a fundraising jump.
“Participants will experience a tandem skydive with one of our professional tandem masters falling from 14,000 feet, reaching speeds of over 200km/h,” Paul said.
“It’s a way for all our friends who work with Emma to show our support and how much we care for her by donating our expertise and time in the one thing we are good at – falling from planes.”
For those who have never skydived before, Paul insists that it’s something that everyone should do once in their life.
“It’s an indescribable feeling and one that combines a massive rush initially, followed by an enjoyable, gentle descent onto land,” Paul said.
“We had a group of blind people who did the jump, and I thought they’d describe the actual feeling best, but even they were lost for words.”
Jumpers are being encouraged to raise money via donations for their experience and an Everyday Hero charity account has been set up www.everydayhero.com.au/ms_jumpathon.
Anyone interested in taking part in the February 17 fundraising jump should call 1800 266 500.